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22 Feb 2018 description

On 1 January, the Israeli government announced a new plan to coerce all Eritreans and Sudanese asylum seekers to leave the country by the end of March 2018. Those leaving within this period will receive a grant of USD 3,500 in cash upon their departure and a free one-way ticket. Those who will remain, will face indefinite imprisonment.

07 Feb 2018 description

By Maayan Lubell and Elana Ringler

Israel says migrants are job seekers

TEL AVIV, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Israel has started handing out notices to 20,000 male African migrants giving them two months to leave the country or risk being thrown in jail.

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22 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

Thousands of Eritreans, Sudanese Face Prison if They Refuse to Leave

03 Jan 2018 description

Some 38,000 African migrants live in Israel. New Israeli plan offers them $3,500 to leave.

JERUSALEM, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it would pay thousands of African migrants living illegally in the country to leave, threatening them with jail if they are caught after the end of March.

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15 Feb 2016 description
report EastAfrican

By IVAN R. MUGISHA

Posted Saturday, February 13 2016 at 16:52

In Summary

•Rwanda is in negotiations with Israel over the terms for accommodating refugees from Africa who are seeking asylum in Jerusalem.

•In October last year, Israeli authorities said 3,000 asylum seekers had left Israel for a “third country,” without mentioning the country.

•But only seven registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Rwanda, all of them Eritreans, and only eight, mostly from Sudan, in Uganda, according to the BBC.

08 Sep 2015 description
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Hebrew press release

“Voluntary” departures from Israel leave asylum seekers without status and vulnerable

04 Sep 2013 description
report Voice of America

Hilary Heuler

KAMPALA, UGANDA — Israel says it is likely to send at least some of its Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to Uganda. In return for accepting the refugees, Uganda would receive aid and weapons. Such a trade would provide Uganda the weapons it seeks, but could create legal problems as well.

Last week, Israel’s interior minister said Uganda had agreed to accept thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese, whom Israel considers to be illegal economic migrants. Nearly 55,000 of them live in Israel, where many have sought asylum.

11 Mar 2013 description
report IRIN

TEL AVIV, 11 March 2013 (IRIN) - Testimonies of jailed Eritrean migrants and asylum seekers (collected by a local NGO) say officials at Saharonim prison in Israel’s Southern Negev desert are coercing them to sign “voluntary repatriation” forms.

In one of the many testimonies a 28-year-old Eritrean detainee reported being repeatedly visited by a translator telling her to accept deportation to a third country (Uganda).